Singing happy birthday to the HuMAn this morning while making him a birthday card. He was asleep when I started looking for just the right picture for the background. Who? came to visit a couple of years ago and this picture from my portfolio seemed to fit the occasion just perfectly...just right for the birthday boy.
By the time the card was finished and still hot off the printing press, he waltzed in......thinking I had -
not knowing I hadn't -
made a card for his very important day ages ago.
Who? I ask. Who is having a birthday today? and what is on the agenda for his very special day?
I made loaves of banana nut bread last week so he'll get a slice of bread - not cake - for breakfast. I like mine covered with Greek yogurt.....he likes his au natural.
Then we'll head up to the attic while the air is somewhat cool. For the past several years, we've done less and less holiday decorating. There are no more pumpkins and witches nor turkeys in the straw and this is the year that there will be a lot less decor come Christmas time.
We continue to put fresh greenery with pine cones and red ribbon on the front door and on the den door for a bit of holiday festivity. We continue to put the round artificial wreaths with big red holiday bows on each window across the front of the house just to keep up appearances. The size of the Christmas tree was downsized a couple of years ago to one that we placed on a table in the living room window. We really aren't being humbug it's just that - well, it's a lot of work each year to do all this just for the two of us.....so the tree will not be installed this year. Family doesn't come for the holidays.....we go to them. We took mental stock this year and asked ourselves: Why?
Together, the decision was made that we could just pile our meager gifts to each other in the center of the room on Christmas morning and enjoy our gift-giving then champagne brunch without all the hustle and fuss of years past.
Anyway, we are heading up to the attic to sort out Christmas decor. Some of my handmade ones will nostalgically go back into storage. Some ornaments will be given to family. Some not so treasured treasures will go our house-cleaning service and some will go to thrift store and will hopefully be a great bargain to make someones' family home a festive one.
After the attic sorting and after his birthday lunch, he'll probably be ready for a nice sit down on the sofa, remote in hand while I'll be heading to my newest toy, the Martelli long arm sit down.
Except I've not been sitting down....what fun to stand and free motion quilt. I've made progress but I can assure you this machine has a learning curve - especially dealing with the thread tension when changing to different weights of thread. There's a reason they tell you to use the same thread all the time. HOWEVER, I challenged myself to learn and learn I will!
I'm cooking tonight and there will be meatloaf and mashed potatoes and green beans for his birthday supper. So all in all, he will probably have a great birthday. I know I will be having a great day with him.